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Re: Postmodernism
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.0067  Wednesday, 21 January 1998.

[1]     From:   Stevie Simkin <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 20 Jan 1998 21:00:11 -0000
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0065  Re: Postmodernism

[2]     From:   W. L. Godshalk <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 20 Jan 1998 16:36:15 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 9.0065  Re: Postmodernism


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From:           Stevie Simkin <
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Date:           Tuesday, 20 Jan 1998 21:00:11 -0000
Subject: 9.0065  Re: Postmodernism
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0065  Re: Postmodernism

Bill Goldshawk wrote

> P.S. Ray Haines suggests that, if only one German would have started to
> laugh at Hitler during one of his speeches, that one German would have
> changed history.

Talk about misplaced optimism.  Said hypothetical German would most
likely have been beaten to death and history would have taken its
inexorable course....

Stevie Simkin

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From:           W. L. Godshalk <
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Date:           Tuesday, 20 Jan 1998 16:36:15 -0500
Subject: 9.0065  Re: Postmodernism
Comment:        Re: SHK 9.0065  Re: Postmodernism

Marilyn A. Bonomi writes a spirited defense of inherent meaning.  Some
years ago, with regard to the deconstructions, Walker Percy (remember
him?  Novelist and philosopher) noted that, when a deconstructionist
asks for pizza for dinner, he or she does not expect that request to be
deconstructed. We do expect to be able to communicate, using language,
with other sentient beings (including apes, dogs, and cats).  Percy
called this the delta factor, and argued that it was unique in the
universe. Let's face it: we don't know exactly how meaning is passed,
via language, from brain to brain, but, day to day, we rely on this
phenomenon. If we couldn't do it, pass meaning by language, this list
would not, could not, exist.

The argument that meaning exists only in the mind of the spectator,
auditor or reader is, of course, irrefutable, and therefore not very
interesting. I think; therefore, I am. I can't experience your thinking;
therefore, you do not exist. And who cares? This extreme form of
idealism precludes any radical critique,  any meaningful social
intercourse. Get my drift?

From the laughing left, I remain,

Bill Godshalk
 

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